G.C. Rickards Ltd Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 4f 11y
- (4yo+, 2m 4f 11y, Class 5, 12 runners)
- Winner £4,684 2nd £2,158 3rd £1,078 4th £540 5th £350 6th £350 7th £350 8th £350
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 14.47s
- Off time: 13:00:06
|1st||8 Jobesgreen Lad||4/1|
|2nd||3 Ambion Hill||3¼||13/2|
|3rd||9 Family Pot||¾||20/1|
Massini Man 32
|8||166 11-12||J Groucott||J Nailor (3)||103|
Ambion Hill (IRE) 34
|6||163 11-9||C L Tizzard||Brendan Powell||100|
Haldon Hill (IRE) 29
|8||161 11-7||V R A Dartnall||R P McLernon||98|
Fiddlers Tracker (IRE) 237
|6||156 11-2 p1||Miss R Curtis||Adam Wedge||93|
Muse Of Fire (IRE) 32
|7||154 11-0 t||J Groucott||Stan Sheppard||91|
On The Platform (IRE) 41
|5||153 10-13||J Groucott||Lee Edwards||90|
Jobesgreen Lad 39
|6||152 10-12 t||T R George||J J Burke||89|
Family Pot (FR) 14
|6||152 10-12 t||Sheila Lewis||Sean Houlihan (3)||89|
Diamond Rose 159
|9||147 10-7||J S Smith||Thomas Bellamy||84|
Family Man (IRE) 27
|8||141 10-1||Miss Sarah Robinson||Conor Ring (3)||78|
Cobra Commander (IRE) 260
|7||140 10-0||T Symonds||Benjamin Poste||76|
Right Royals Day 38
|12||140 10-0 t||T Wall||James Best||69|
Henri Le Bon (IRE) 12
|6||1111 b1||Kerry Lee||Non Runner||102|
||7||11-2||J Groucott||J Nailor||18/1|
John Groucott has three entries with On The Platform, who won a Bangor novices' handicap hurdle in May, looking the pick after a promising start over fences on a return visit in October. Ambion Hill has been placed several times over hurdles without winning but has a chaser's pedigree and is likely to do better. Haldon Hill has had seven starts over fences, all at a higher level than this, so the drop in class should enable him to get competitive. Jobesgreen Lad did well to go close on his chasing bow at Ffos Las and won't need to improve much but the vote goes to FAMILY POT (NAP). A maiden in bumpers and over hurdles, he survived two major blunders to make a winning start over fences here and has only been raised 1lb.
Henri Le Bon (IRE)15-2 (11-10) Chased leaders, bad mistake 3rd, pulled up after next, at Hereford 2m hcp (5) gd in Nov.
Jobesgreen Lad11-2 (10-8) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place 4th, rallied 4 out, went 2nd 2 out, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Nikap (12-0) at Ffos Las 2m hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Ambion Hill (IRE)10-3jfav (11-12) Prominent, led before 2nd, pushed approaching 3 out where joined, ridden and headed before 2 out, kept on gamely, 4th of 18, 13l behind Tibbie Dunbar (11-10) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp (5) gs in Nov.
Family Pot (FR)6-1 (10-12) Mid-division, mistake 4th, blundered badly 14th, headway 4 out, 3 1/2 lengths 2nd when left in lead 2 out, driven out, won at Ludlow 3m hcp (5) gd in Nov beating Ship Of The Fen (11-12) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
On The Platform (IRE)7-1 (10-12) Not always fluent, held up, headway before 3 out, hampered before 2 out, went 2nd last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Representing Bob (10-11) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 4f hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Diamond Rose18-1 (10-9) Towards rear, effort 4 out, no impression, weakened flat, 7th of 12, 18 1/4l behind Kabrit (11-7) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Muse Of Fire (IRE)6-1 (11-4) Raced wide in close 3rd, went left 1st, lost 3rd 9th, weakened quickly and jumped left after, tailed off, last of 7, dist behind Heart Of A Lion (11-12) at Ludlow 2m hcp (5) gd in Nov.
Cobra Commander (IRE)7-2fav (10-3) Tracked leader, niggled along 5 out, ridden and pressed leader 4 out, disputed lead 3 out and 2 out, headed run to the last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 15, 7 1/4l behind Maasai Warrior (10-0) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (5) gs in Mar.
Massini Man18-1 (12-0) Held up in last pair, gained a place and bumped 9th, plugged on in well held 4th from 3 out, 4th of 7, 10 3/4l behind Heart Of A Lion (11-12) at Ludlow 2m hcp (5) gd in Nov.
Fiddlers Tracker (IRE)22-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened soon after, 8th of 14, 36 3/4l behind Hahadi (10-8) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Apr.
Family Man (IRE)150-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, lost place 11th, soon in rear, 7th of 9, dist behind Dreamsundermyfeet (12-1) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Nov.
Right Royals Day80-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, modest headway 10th, weakened after next, pulled up before 4 out, at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Haldon Hill (IRE)8-1 (11-1) Mid-division early, chased leaders after 4th, pushed along under 4 out, kept on same pace until ran on into 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Desque De L'Isle (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m hcp (4) sft in Nov.